Ghana appears to be leading in the race for the aviation hub in the West African region, despite Nigeria’s comparative advantage.Whereas both West African neighbours currently parade the “ease of doing business” initiatives of their governments, Ghana is making more progress with specific policies that are attracting more international airlines to Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
Experts are unanimous on the comparative advantages Nigeria has over Ghana in terms of passenger traffic, local airlines and infrastructure, among others. They are, however, concerned that the dormant state of the Nigerian aviation sector would adversely affect the economy.
Specifically, with foreign airlines fueling in Ghana and routing through the country, after picking passengers in Nigeria, ancillary revenues that would have gone to hotels and aviation agencies in Nigeria are now being made in Ghana. To reverse the trend, the experts called for aviation specific policies to stimulate activities in the sector and enhance growth for larger economic development.